Rita Marie Hebert Bosse was Portia's grandmother. She was born in 1916 and died at the age of 98. Rita's great grandfather was one of the largest landowners in southwest Louisiana. The Broussard ranch stretched from Spindletop to Port Arthur. The small town of Rayne lies 30 miles west of St. Martinville. You drive through the town of Broussard along the way. Joseph Broussard (1702–1765) is a hero for Acadians and Cajuns alike. He lead the Acadian people in Acadia; later Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. He organized Mi'kmaq and Acadian militias against the British through King George's War, Father Le Loutre's War and during the French and Indian War. After the loss of Acadia to the British, he led the first group of Acadians to southwest Louisiana. Imprisoned with other Acadians in Halifax, Broussard was deported by the British in 1764 and was among the first 200 Acadians to arrive in Louisiana on February 27, 1765. He was appointed commander of the "Acadians of the Atakapas" in St. Martinville, where he died the age of 63. We like to think that Rita brought Louie home to the Maritimes.
Jim purchased this House in 2016
Why Jim chose French River
We found PEI on a cycling tour of the island in 2016. We had a picnic at Tony Diodati's studio, where we boiled mussels taken fresh from this beautiful bay. We were deeply moved by the sight of French River, with its brightly colored lobster barns shining against the rolling pastoral village. By the third day we were dreaming of owning, and on our last day we rented a car and scoured the island in earnest. Imagine our delight when we found this place, sitting prettily in the midst of that amazing vista! We simply can't believe our luck! We're calling it "Rita's French River," in honor of Portia's grandmother, whose bequest to her made this all possible. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
What makes this House unique
We love the look of this ginger-bread house set in this amazing fishing village, but what we love even more is looking at the wharf and the bay from inside the house. Just about every room has bay views -- even from the bathtub! From the windows the bay views and bay breeze are a constant and soothing presence.
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French River gem
Well appointed home, with many amenities. Perfect for 3 couples. Close drive to many food and scenic options. Lots of great seafood options in the area.
We loved the house (clean, comfortable and enough place for the family) and the area. French River is such a beautiful place! Everything was as described. Owners are kind, easy to reach. We absolutely recommend it!
Thanks Patrick. It is such a beautiful place, isn't it? We enjoyed having you and your family!
Exceeded our Expectations!
The house was immaculate. French River is very picturesque with 2 lighthouses and a beach within walking distances. Having bicycles and kayaks on site made the entire week even more enjoyable
Thank you Katherine we're so happy you and your family enjoyed Rita's French River. We look forward to seeing you again soon. --Portia and Jim
Fantastic and Relaxing
Great location, very clean, fantastic experience. It was a 5 star experience and would highly recommend. Cottage has everything you could need and more, perfectly located.
Thanks Mark! We're so happy everything worked out for you and your family. We enjoyed having you and look forward to next time! --Portia and Jim
Great location for staying in PEI
The house was everything that was described, Outstanding place to stay. The French River beach we enjoyed the last day we were there, wish we had taken advantage of that sooner. We could not go wrong with any restaurant in the area, all very good. Enjoyed traveling up the coast, and taking in all of the scenery! Our family was very comfortable, and enjoyed all the home had to offer.
Thanks Ralph! We enjoyed having you and your family!
Very mice property in a wonderful location!
Thanks Renee! We enjoyed you and Bill very much!
Rita's French River is on a quiet country road that ends at one of the best beaches on Prince Edward Island, which also overlooks Cavendish Beach.
Rita's is surrounded by rolling hills, pastoral farm land, and some of the most beautiful photo destinations you'll find on PEI. We are close to many outdoor experiences like cycling, hiking, kayaking and fishing, and 8 world-class golf courses are within 20 minutes.
Cavendish (home of Anne of Green Gables) is 20 minutes away, and Charlottetown is 45 minutes.